Budding physicians aren't merely educated at Central Michigan University's new medical school. They're built.
And they're molded as people — into compassionate, caring doctors. It's all part of a formula of team learning and team spirit that makes the new
College of Medicine stand out as it prepares to graduate its first class May 7.
The result is an undeniable feeling of family.
"The biggest thing about going to the College of Medicine was my classmates and the family feel we had there," said Matthew Wolf, who's headed for an emergency medicine residency at the
CMU College of Medicine in Saginaw. "I learned that bond was really unique among medical schools."
A large factor in the cementing of that bond is the medical school's use of team-based learning, a practice developed in the 1970s that puts students in small groups while instructors shift from mere information providers to actual managers of the learning process.
Student engagement improves and the participants get closer.
Kush Sharma, a Kalamazoo resident who scored a highly competitive vascular surgery residency in Grand Rapids, Michigan, agreed with Wolf: "Our class was like a family where you got to know everyone really well."
This didn't surprise Kathryn Brandell, who also completed her undergraduate work at CMU. She knew she would be seen as a person and not as a number.
"It all was an extension of what my undergraduate experience at CMU was," Brandell said, "which was part of the reason I chose to come to the College of Medicine."
Here's a look at 10 of CMU's first-ever future doctors: